A heroic student charged at the Oregon college shooter and was shot seven times as he tried to save his classmates, his family said.
Army veteran Chris Mintz, 30, was taken to hospital following the massacre at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.
His cousin Derek Bourgeois told DailyMail.com that Mintz faced Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, who killed at least 10 people at the school in Roseburg.
‘I was told he went after the shooter,’ Bourgeois told DailyMail.com.
‘There was no way he was going to stand around and watch something this horrific happen.’
Bourgeois, who lives in North Carolina, said no vital organs were hit when Mintz was shot multiple times, but he is expected to recover after spending most of Thursday in surgery.
According to his family, both of his legs are broken and he will have to learn to walk again.
Mintz’s aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News that ‘he tried to protect some people’.
‘We were told he did heroic things to protect some people,’ she said.
‘He was on the wrestling team and and he’s done cage-fighting so it does not surprise me that he would act heroically.’
Mintz, originally from Randleman, North Carolina, served 10 yeras in the Army and had just recently started college, his aunt said.
Bourgeois said he and Mintz had joined the Army together after graduating high school. Bourgeois stationed in Fort Bragg in North Carolina while his cousin was sent to Fort Lewis in Washington.
After getting out of the Army, Bourgeois said his cousin began cage-fighting, but was working at an YMCA while he enrolled at the community college in Roseburg with the goal of becoming a fitness coach when he left.
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